I spent yesterday evening assembling boards and I shot this video. It shows a closeup of the pick and place assembling a panel of MoteinoMEGAs. There are some other posts I wrote related to pick and place technology you may want to check if this is something new to you. The main things to take from this video are:
- effective CPH (components per hour) rating is affected in large by several factors like travel from pick position to placement position, travel speed, mechanical alignment in X and Y directions, vision alignment of each board, pick retries, dropped components, feeder reloading, feeder/tape jams, and many others.
- some components require a medium pick/travel speed and fine settle placement because they are “special” and may flip or get misaligned.
I hope I will have the patience and time to write a more in depth article and share my experience with this machine and more gotchas about picking and placing. This is still a very much entry level machine, but a semi-pro one, so I would still consider it a “real” pick and place since it can assemble a full panel with hundreds/thousands of parts without ever touching the machine.